Director: Duncan Jones
Writers: Duncan Jones & Nathan Parker
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Let's get this out of the way: Duncan Jones is the son of David Bowie. Make your "Major Tom" and Ziggy Stardust jokes now. Done yet? Good.
Moon depicts Sam Bell, the sole crewmember of a helium mining plant on the moon, as he nears the end of his three-year contract. Eager to return home to his wife and daughter, he begins his final preparations, including a trip out to the surface to repair a seemingly damaged harvesting device. His rover crashes, and after waking up several days later in the base's infirmary, he encounters another person, who appears to be a version of himself from the first week of his time served. If I say anything more, the movie will be ruined for you.
High points of the film:
- models used (no CGI at all) toe the line between obvious and believeable
- Kevin Spacey's voice coming out of the computer that communicates with emoticons
- a game of Ping-Pong between the two Sams
- the songs "The One and Only" and "Walking on Sunshine" used spectacularly
As long as you get past the first five or so minutes of a very beardy Sam Rockwell, you have a thrilling (and surprisingly realistic) sci-fi film.